leaders http://michiganradio.org en Why Business Leaders Support the Budget http://michiganradio.org/post/why-business-leaders-support-budget <p>The changes Governor Rick Snyder wants to make with his proposed budget are hugely controversial. But everyone agrees on this: They are designed to bring new business to Michigan.</p><p>The governor believes there is no other way to revitalize our state&rsquo;s economy. But what does business really think of the governor&rsquo;s budget? People in business aren&rsquo;t monolithic. General Motors doesn&rsquo;t have a lot in common with the mom-and-pop restaurant in my neighborhood with five employees.</p><p>So last week, I talked to two business leaders who each represent a broad cross-section of somewhat dissimilar interests. Doug Rothwell is president and CEO of Business Leaders for Michigan, a group of seventy-six of the state&rsquo;s largest employers.&nbsp; Rob Fowler has the same title with the Small Business Association of Michigan, sometimes known as SBAM.</p><p>SBAM has more than ten thousand members, many of whom have fewer than a hundred employees. Fowler and Rothwell don&rsquo;t always see eye to eye -- but they do on the governor&rsquo;s budget.</p><p>They support it, right down the line. &ldquo;I think the governor&rsquo;s tax plan is the right thing to do, even though some of our members are going to pay more,&rdquo; said Rothwell, who ran Detroit Renaissance before it evolved into Business Leaders two years ago.</p><p>Rob Fowler, who has also had small business leadership positions in Indiana and Ohio, put it this way: &ldquo;You have to understand the moment in time we are in.&rdquo;</p><p>&ldquo;Sure, there are things in the governor&rsquo;s plan I am sure, standing by themselves, our members would not support.&rdquo;</p><p>But both men said it was vitally important to pass the plan as a whole, that if lawmakers started picking off pieces, it would fall apart.</p><p>I talked to each man separately, and discovered that what both liked most about the plan was that it offers a coherent, comprehensive strategy for Michigan&rsquo;s long-term economic recovery. Rothwell noted that this was not a budget of quick fixes and one-time solutions, but one with vision.</p><p>Critics have said that the governor is just betting an hunch, gambling that slashing taxes will bring new business into the state. Mon, 28 Mar 2011 15:01:44 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 1813 at http://michiganradio.org Why Business Leaders Support the Budget Leadership Series: Mayor Daley and Chicago's economic transformation (Part 3) http://michiganradio.org/post/leadership-series-mayor-daley-and-chicagos-economic-transformation-part-3 <p>Throughout the Midwest, Chicago is known as the city everyone wants to come to &ndash; but that&rsquo;s a huge change from 22 years ago, when Mayor Richard M. Daley took office.</p><p>The city&rsquo;s even changed dramatically from when I lived here before, in the late 1990s.</p><p>This is the last of our <a href="http://www.changinggears.info/2011/02/16/daley-and-chicagos-economic-transformation/">three-part series </a>on leadership, where I look at the region&rsquo;s &ndash; and arguably, the country&rsquo;s &ndash; most famous Mayor: Richard M. Daley.</p> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 23:54:46 +0000 Niala Boodhoo 1333 at http://michiganradio.org Leadership Series: Mayor Daley and Chicago's economic transformation (Part 3) Leadership Series: Cleveland's Quiet Mayor (Part 2) http://michiganradio.org/post/leadership-series-clevelands-quiet-mayor-part-2 <p>Our Midwest reporting project Changing Gears is looking at the role of leadership this week. Yesterday, we heard about Detroit Mayor Dave Bing determined to remake his troubled city. Today, we hear about another mayor in our region faced with challenges.</p><p>http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/michigan/local-michigan-952295.mp3</p> Tue, 15 Feb 2011 14:25:14 +0000 Dan Bobkoff 1285 at http://michiganradio.org Leadership Series: Cleveland's Quiet Mayor (Part 2) New leaders at the Capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/new-leaders-capitol <p><span class="article-content"><span>Lawmakers at the state Capitol <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/0/1/1723804/Michigan.News/Leadership.elections.at.the.Captiol"> continued to choose</a> legislative leaders yesterday. In the Senate: Republican state Senator<a href="http://www.senate.michigan.gov/gop/senators/Richardville.asp?District=17"> Randy Richardville</a> of Monroe was <a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20101110/NEWS15/11100456/1318/New-GOP-leaders-chosen-Snyder-seeks-bipartisanship"> elected</a> as the next Senate Majority Leader. Wed, 10 Nov 2010 13:35:02 +0000 Zoe Clark 299 at http://michiganradio.org New leaders at the Capitol Whitmer to lead state Senate Dems http://michiganradio.org/post/whitmer-lead-state-senate-dems <p><span class="article-content"><span>Democratic state Senator <a href="http://www.senate.mi.gov/whitmer/">Gretchen Whitmer</a> will be Michigan&#39;s next Senate Minority Leader. Whitmer&#39;s fellow Democratic Senators <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/michigan/news.newsmain/article/1/0/1721963/Michigan.News/Senator.Whitmer..First.Woman.to.Lead.Michigan%27s.Senate"> elected</a> her to the position yesterday. She&#39;ll be the first woman to hold the job. Fri, 05 Nov 2010 11:23:34 +0000 Zoe Clark 276 at http://michiganradio.org Whitmer to lead state Senate Dems